Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Gretchen Legler graduated as a Bachelor of Arts from Macalester College.
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Gretchen Legler earned a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1991 and 1994 respectively.
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A collection of essays detailing the author's experiences with hunting, fishing, killing, nature, her family, her friends, and her husband.
Gretchen Legler graduated as a Bachelor of Arts from Macalester College. She earned a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1991 and 1994 respectively.
Gretchen Legler is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Maine at Farmington, specializing in memoir writing, the personal essay, and nonfiction essays about the natural world. She has taught in the Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing at the University of Alaska Anchorage and in the Low Residency Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, and often offers community workshops on writing and the environment.
Legler's most recent book of nonfiction, On The Ice: An Intimate Portrait of Life at McMurdo Station Antarctica (Milkweed Editions, 2005) won the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment’s award for best environmental creative writing, and was runner up for the Publishing Triangle Judy Grahn Award for lesbian nonfiction. The book is a collection of linked essays about Antarctica, where Gretchen spent six months as a fellow with the National Science Foundation’s Artists and Writers Program. Her creative nonfiction about Antarctica has also already appeared in such venues as Orion, The Women’s Review of Books, and The Georgia Review.
Work from Legler's first collection of essays, All The Powerful Invisible Things: A Sportswoman’s Notebook (Seal Press, 1995), has won two Pushcart Prizes, and has been widely excerpted and anthologized in venues including Orion magazine, Uncommon Waters, Another Wilderness, Gifts of the Wild, Minnesota Seasons, A Different Angle, and more.
Legler's scholarly work on American women nature writers and ecocriticism has appeared in journals and anthologies including Studies in the Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, Reading Under the Sign of Nature (University of Utah Press, 2000), and Writing the Environment (London: Zed Books, 1998).
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Gretchen Legler espouses Liberal-Democratic views.
"I was in this place in my life too, where I had come out as a lesbian and made this big shift in my personal life from living as a heterosexual woman, and went through this incredible turmoil coming out at the age of 30, and there was this way in which this new life had kind of lost its shine. I was settling back into reality."
"What I was doing in this first collection of essays was bridging the gap between interior and exterior landscapes. The essays try to make sense of the outside world and my inner emotional life. I was able to be so ‘brave’ in this first collection, thanks to many writing mentors, especially my teacher at the University of Minnesota, Madelon Sprengnether, whose small prose collection Rivers, Stories, Houses, Dreams inspired me to take risks. If there are two things I try to remember when I write and two things I tell my students to remember when they write, they are: pay attention to detail - to the sensual world around you - and be honest - emotionally and intellectually."
Gretchen Legler married a photographer Craig Borck in 1988. They divorced in 1992. She is a companion of a geologist Ruth Hill.